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Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration
@ The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
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Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration: Mark Knopfler + Joe McElderry + The Northern Sinfonia Orchestra of the Sage Gateshead + The Unthanks + Simon Day + Paul Whitehouse + Russell Watson + Alistair McGowan + Peter Brewis + Paul Smith (Maximo Park) + Ruby Turner + Faryl Smith + Scarlett Street + Ben Ottewell + Jim Rosenthal + Andre Villas-Boas + Steve Harper + Shola Ameobi + Steven Taylor + Tim Healy
An incredible music, comedy and football ‘team sheet’ has been revealed to mark what would have been Sir Bobby Robson’s 80th birthday.
Sir Bobby Robson’s extraordinary life in football celebrated by giants of the game, musical heroes and top comedians in a star-studded gala night. The night will feature Sir Bobby’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ performed by many of his favourite artists. An unmissable tribute to one of football’s greatest figures.
This was a concert which was close to Sir Bobby’s heart who recorded his last ever interviews to be screened on the night.
The event will raise funds for The Alan Shearer Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“These days it’s all too easy to use the word legend to describe someone, but I don’t think anyone could dispute its use when describing Sir Bobby Robson. Bobby was genuinely loved by die-hard football fans and by the nation at large." Richard Branson
Only limited tickets are available for this event.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at The Sage Gateshead, which has achieved Gold Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Legendary guitar supremo who founded Dire Straits in 1977 and subsequently led them to chart success across the world. The multiple Grammy award winner continues to combine his wry lyrics with his guitar prowess and has created such major hits as Money For Nothing, Sultans Of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Walk of Life, What It Is and Sailing To Philadelphia.
Knopfler has also collaborated with many other artists such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, Van Morrison and Emmylou Harris, as well as scoring several films including Cal, Local Hero and Princess Bride.
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Joe McElderry is the X Factor golden boy with the 24-carat voice and the diamond personality which has made him one of the most beloved young singers in the country.
Since storming to victory in the 2009 X Factor final, Joe's unmistakable voice, easy wit and warm rapport have endeared him to all ages from 5 to 95. Whether he’s singing a pop hit, or stunning the audience into silence with Opera, Joe has evolved from boy crooner to the master of his craft.
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Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank with Niopha Keegan (violin), Adrian McNally (piano) plus string quartet, brass, percussion and bass. They have received critical acclaim for their first three albums as well as a Mercury Prize nomination
and a MOJO Magazine Award. Rachel and Becky's folk-club singing is set against otherwordly musical pictures, arranged by a band with influences ranging from Steve Reich to Portishead.
'Haunting, original and magnificent' (The Guardian)
'Rachel and Becky's voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music' (NME).
The Unthanks tour dates
The comedian, actor and writer is probably best known as one of the stars of 'The Fast Show', and his characters, including Billy Bleach, Dave Angel, Gideon Wit, Carl Hooper and of course, music hall legend Tommy Cockles.
He has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Run, Fatboy, Run (2007).
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British actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse initially became known for his work with Harry Enfield (perhaps most notably for the DJ parodies Smashie & Nicey) and the two continue to work together today with the sketch show Harry & Paul. Whitehouse was also one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch series The Fast Show. Often seen as a sidekick, he has also enjoyed plenty of solo work, including his sitcom as a cartoon voiceover artist in Happiness and his 2015 BBC2 sitcom Nurse.
Paul Whitehouse tour dates
Salford's answer to Pavarotti with a debut album 'The Voice' establishing him as a major international tenor. After starting in the pubs and working men's clubs of the north west of England, he's notched up unprecedented chart success on both sides of the Atlantic; has sung for the likes George W Bush and the Pope; and has performed more times at Wembley than Beckham and Owen.
To date, Russell has won four Classical BRIT Awards and has sold over eight million records worldwide. He is also the first artiste to hold simultaneous number ones in the USA and the UK.
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The nation's favourite impressionist, also known for his brilliant stand-up and acting. McGowan is best known for his work with Ronni Ancona on The Big Impression (formerly Alistair McGowan's Big Impression), which spawned his culturally popular impressions of David Beckham, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Gary Lineker, Richard Madeley, Tony Blair, Ross Geller (Friends) and Dot Cotton (EastEnders). His one-man stand-up shows are also critically acclaimed.
"Wickedly funny mimicry"
- Sunday Mirror.
"Even if Alistair McGowan wasn't an impressionist and stuck simply to stand-up gaggery, he'd surely be one of the best comics on the circuit. As it is, he gives us a double layer of excellence"
- This Is Nottingham
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The lead singer of indie upstarts Maximo Park. Paul's 2010 solo album 'Margins' features contributions from Field Music's David Brewis and Peter Brewis. However, this does not mark the demise of Maximo Park, as Paul states "I'm not 'going solo' – it's not like George Michael leaving Wham!"
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Ruby Turner is renowned for hits such as 'If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)', 'I'd Rather Go Blind' and the No 1 hit single in the US R'n'B chart 'Its Gonna Be Alright'. To date, she has released eight albums, and guested on releases for the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Jools Holland. This amazing singer/songwriter is blessed with a voice to die for and whether performing jazz, soul or r'n'b. In addition to her solo singing career, Ruby is an accomplished actress on TV, film, and West End stage.
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Gifted classical Brit nominee and 'crossover' performer, who in 2008 became the 13 year old sensation of Britain's Got Talent.
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As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell". And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world."
Ottewell released his first solo album Shapes & Shadows (ATO) in 2011, Since then, Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful solo tours across the UK, US and Australia.
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